That which was from the beginning, which we
have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our
hands have handled, of the Word of life, . . . That which we have seen and heard
declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our
fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. - John, First
Here I stand. I can do no otherwise; so help
me God! Amen! - Martin Luther.
Materialistic challenge 268
In the material world, thought has brought to
light with great rapidity many useful wonders. With like activity have thought's
swift pinions been rising towards the realm of the real, to the spiritual cause
of those lower things which give impulse to inquiry. Belief in a material basis,
from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a
metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every
effect. Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.
In this revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy - with his sling, woman goes
forth to battle with Goliath.
Confusion confounded 268
In this final struggle for supremacy,
semi-metaphysical systems afford no substantial aid to scientific metaphysics,
for their arguments are based on the false testimony of the material senses as
well as on the facts of Mind. These semi-metaphysical systems are one and all
pantheistic, and savor of Pandemonium, a house divided against itself.
From first to last the supposed coexistence of
Mind and matter and the mingling of good and evil have resulted from the
philosophy of the serpent. Jesus' demonstrations sift the chaff from the wheat,
and unfold the unity and the reality of good, the unreality, the nothingness, of
Divine metaphysics 269
Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian
Science makes man Godlike. The first is error; the latter is truth. Metaphysics
is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or
conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind.
Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense
for the ideas of Soul.
These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to
spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and
thoughts of material sense, - they are good and eternal.
Biblical foundations 269
The testimony of the material senses is neither
absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of
Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of
Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems - systems based wholly
or partly on knowledge gained through the material senses - are reeds shaken by
the wind, not houses built on the rock.
Rejected theories 269
The theories I combat are these: (1) that all is
matter; (2) that matter originates in Mind, and is as real as Mind, possessing
intelligence and life. The first theory, that matter is everything, is quite as
reasonable as the second, that Mind and matter coexist and cooperate. One only
of the following statements can be true: (1) that everything is matter; (2) that
everything is Mind. Which one is it?
Matter and Mind are opposites. One is contrary to
the other in its very nature and essence; hence both cannot be real. If one is
real, the other must be unreal. Only by understanding that there is but one
power, - not two powers, matter and Mind, - are scientific and logical
conclusions reached. Few deny the hypothesis that intelligence, apart from man
and matter, governs the universe; and it is generally admitted that this
intelligence is the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.
Prophetic ignorance 270
The prophets of old looked for something higher
than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation
of Truth. But they knew not what would be the precise nature of the teaching and
demonstration of God, divine Mind, in His more infinite meanings, - the
demonstration which was to destroy sin, sickness, and death, establish the
definition of omnipotence, and maintain the Science of Spirit.
The pride of priesthood is the prince of this
world. It has nothing in Christ. Meekness and charity have divine authority.
Mortals think wickedly; consequently they are wicked. They think sickly
thoughts, and so become sick. If sin makes sinners, Truth and Love alone can
unmake them. If a sense of disease produces suffering and a sense of ease
antidotes suffering, disease is mental, not material. Hence the fact that the
human mind alone suffers, is sick, and that the divine Mind alone heals.
The life of Christ Jesus was not miraculous, but
it was indigenous to his spirituality, - the good soil wherein the seed of Truth
springs up and bears much fruit. Christ's Christianity is the chain of
scientific being reappearing in all ages, maintaining its obvious correspondence
with the Scriptures and uniting all periods in the design of God. Neither
emasculation, illusion, nor insubordination exists in divine Science.
Jesus instructed his disciples whereby to heal
the sick through Mind instead of matter. He knew that the philosophy, Science,
and proof of Christianity were in Truth, casting out all inharmony.
Studious disciples 271
In Latin the word rendered disciple
signifies student; and the word indicates that the power of healing was not a
supernatural gift to those learners, but the result of their cultivated
spiritual understanding of the divine Science, which their Master demonstrated
by healing the sick and sinning. Hence the universal application of his saying:
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on
me [understand me] through their word."
New Testament basis 271
Our Master said, "But the Comforter . . .
shall teach you all things." When the Science of Christianity appears, it
will lead you into all truth. The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this
Science, and the eternal life, not the death of Jesus, is its outcome.
Modern evangel 271
Those, who are willing to leave their nets or to
cast them on the right side for Truth, have the opportunity now, as aforetime,
to learn and to practise Christian healing. The Scriptures contain it. The
spiritual import of the Word imparts this power. But, as Paul says, "How
shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be
sent?" If sent, how shall they preach, convert, and heal multitudes, except
the people hear?
Spirituality of Scripture 272
The spiritual sense of truth must be gained
before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest,
unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an "honest and good heart"
the seed must be sown; else it beareth not much fruit, for the swinish element
in human nature uproots it. Jesus said: "Ye do err, not knowing the
Scriptures." The spiritual sense of the Scriptures brings out the
scientific sense, and is the new tongue referred to in the last chapter of
Jesus' parable of "the sower" shows the
care our Master took not to impart to dull ears and gross hearts the spiritual
teachings which dulness and grossness could not accept. Reading the thoughts of
the people, he said: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither
cast ye your pearls before swine."
Unspiritual contrasts 272
It is the spiritualization of thought and
Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly
farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the
downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which
really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science. The triumphs
of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from
which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.
God the Principle of all 272
The divine Principle of the universe must
interpret the universe. God is the divine Principle of all that represents Him
and of all that really exists. Christian Science, as demonstrated by Jesus,
alone reveals the natural, divine Principle of Science.
Matter and its claims of sin, sickness, and death
are contrary to God, and cannot emanate from Him. There is no material
truth. The physical senses can take no cognizance of God and spiritual Truth.
Human belief has sought out many inventions, but not one of them can solve the
problem of being without the divine Principle of divine Science. Deductions from
material hypotheses are not scientific. They differ from real Science because
they are not based on the divine law.
Science ^versus^ sense 273
Divine Science reverses the false testimony of
the material senses, and thus tears away the foundations of error. Hence the
enmity between Science and the senses, and the impossibility of attaining
perfect understanding till the errors of sense are eliminated.
The so-called laws of matter and of medical
science have never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal. Man is
harmonious when governed by Soul. Hence the importance of understanding the
truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence.
Spiritual law the only law 273
God never ordained a material law to annul the
spiritual law. If there were such a material law, it would oppose the supremacy
of Spirit, God, and impugn the wisdom of the creator. Jesus walked on the waves,
fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to
material laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false
claims of material sense or law.
Material knowledge illusive 273
Science shows that material, conflicting mortal
opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere
of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed
promptly and persistently by Christian Science. Truth and Love antidote this
mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain existence. Unnecessary knowledge
gained from the five senses is only temporal, - the conception of mortal mind,
the offspring of sense, not of Soul, Spirit, - and symbolizes all that is evil
and perishable. Natural science, as it is commonly called, is
not really natural nor scientific, because it is deduced from the evidence of
the material senses. Ideas, on the contrary, are born of Spirit, and are not
mere inferences drawn from material premises.
Five senses deceptive 274
The senses of Spirit abide in Love, and they
demonstrate Truth and Life. Hence Christianity and the Science which expounds it
are based on spiritual understanding, and they supersede the so-called laws of
matter. Jesus demonstrated this great verity. When what we erroneously term the
five physical senses are misdirected, they are simply the manifested beliefs of
mortal mind, which affirm that life, substance, and intelligence are material,
instead of spiritual. These false beliefs and their products constitute the
flesh, and the flesh wars against Spirit.
Impossible partnership 274
Divine Science is absolute, and permits no
half-way position in learning its Principle and rule - establishing it by
demonstration. The conventional firm, called matter and mind, God never formed.
Science and understanding, governed by the unerring and eternal Mind, destroy
the imaginary copartnership, matter and mind, formed only to be destroyed in a
manner and at a period as yet unknown. This suppositional partnership is already
obsolete, for matter, examined in the light of divine metaphysics, disappears.
Spirit the starting-point 275
Matter has no life to lose, and Spirit never
dies. A partnership of mind with matter would ignore omnipresent and omnipotent
Mind. This shows that matter did not originate in God, Spirit, and is not
eternal. Therefore matter is neither substantial, living, nor intelligent. The
starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that
there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore He is divine
Divine synonyms 275
To grasp the reality and order of being in its
Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that
really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, - and are the Scriptural
names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause,
and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations
of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no
truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is,
but the good God bestows.
The divine completeness 275
Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual
understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God,
omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, - that is, all power, all presence, all
Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.
Our material human theories are destitute of
Science. The true understanding of God is spiritual. It robs the grave of
victory. It destroys the false evidence that misleads thought and points to
other gods, or other so-called powers, such as matter, disease, sin, and death,
superior or contrary to the one Spirit.
Truth, spiritually discerned, is scientifically
understood. It casts out error and heals the sick.
Universal brotherhood 276
Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that
heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that
healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine
precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one
mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent
source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in
you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in
divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.
The realization that all inharmony is unreal
brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents
them as beautiful and immortal. Harmony in man is as real and immortal as in
music. Discord is unreal and mortal.
Perfection requisite 276
If God is admitted to be the only Mind and Life,
there ceases to be any opportunity for sin and death. When we learn in Science
how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned
into new and healthy channels, - towards the contemplation of things immortal
and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious
Material beliefs and spiritual understanding
never mingle. The latter destroys the former. Discord is the nothingness
named error. Harmony is the somethingness named Truth.
Like evolving like 276
Nature and revelation inform us that like
produces like. Divine Science does not gather grapes from thorns nor figs from
thistles. Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever
non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence. To all that is
unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely
die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The
non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality. Matter never produces mind. The
immortal never produces the mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself
is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be immortal. Their
opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator. If
goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot
be the outcome of an infinite God, good.
Natural history presents vegetables and animals
as preserving their original species, - like reproducing like. A mineral is not
produced by a vegetable nor the man by the brute. In reproduction, the order of
genus and species is preserved throughout the entire round of nature. This
points to the spiritual truth and Science of being. Error relies upon a reversal
of this order, asserts that Spirit produces matter and matter produces all the
ills of flesh, and therefore that good is the origin of evil. These suppositions
contradict even the order of material so-called science.
Material error 277
The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness
of Spirit is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, - it is a human
concept. Matter is an error of statement. This error in the premise leads to
errors in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters. Nothing we can
say or believe regarding matter is immortal, for matter is temporal and is
therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always
Substance ^versus^ supposition
Is Spirit the source or creator of matter?
Science reveals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter. Divine
metaphysics explains away matter. Spirit is the only substance and consciousness
recognized by divine Science. The material senses oppose this, but there are no
material senses, for matter has no mind. In Spirit there is no matter, even as
in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil. It is a false supposition, the
notion that there is real substance-matter, the opposite of Spirit. Spirit, God,
is infinite, all. Spirit can have no opposite.
One cause supreme 278
That matter is substantial or has life and
sensation, is one of the false beliefs of mortals, and exists only in a
supposititious mortal consciousness. Hence, as we approach Spirit and Truth, we
lose the consciousness of matter. The admission that there can be material
substance requires another admission, - namely, that Spirit is not infinite and
that matter is self-creative, self-existent, and eternal. From this it would
follow that there are two eternal causes, warring forever with each other; and
yet we say that Spirit is supreme and all-presence.
The belief of the eternity of matter contradicts
the demonstration of life as Spirit, and leads to the conclusion that if man is
material, he originated in matter and must return to dust, - logic which would
prove his annihilation.
Substance is Spirit 278
All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a
mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life,
substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial
if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the
erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable,
and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes faith, a quality of mind,
as "the substance of things hoped for."
Material mortality 279
The doom of matter establishes the conclusion
that matter, slime, or protoplasm never originated in the immortal Mind, and is
therefore not eternal. Matter is neither created by Mind nor for the
manifestation and support of Mind.
Spiritual tangibility 279
Ideas are tangible and real to immortal
consciousness, and they have the advantage of being eternal. Spirit and matter
can neither coexist nor cooperate, and one can no more create the other than
Truth can create error, or vice versa.
In proportion as the belief disappears that life
and intelligence are in or of matter, the immortal facts of being are seen, and
their only idea or intelligence is in God. Spirit is reached only through the
understanding and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and Love.
Pantheistic tendencies 279
Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and
medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic belief that there is mind
in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning. A
logical and scientific conclusion is reached only through the knowledge that
there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, - Mind.
Pantheism, starting from a material sense of God,
seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and intelligence in
The things of God are beautiful
In the infinitude of Mind, matter must be
unknown. Symbols and elements of discord and decay are not products of the
infinite, perfect, and eternal All. From Love and from the
light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can
come. All things beautiful and harmless are ideas of Mind. Mind creates and
multiplies them, and the product must be mental.
Finite belief can never do justice to Truth in
any direction. Finite belief limits all things, and would compress Mind, which
is infinite, beneath a skull bone. Such belief can neither apprehend nor worship
the infinite; and to accommodate its finite sense of the divisibility of Soul
and substance, it seeks to divide the one Spirit into persons and souls.
Belief in many gods 280
Through this error, human belief comes to have
"gods many and lords many." Moses declared as Jehovah's first command
of the Ten: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me!" But behold the
zeal of belief to establish the opposite error of many minds. The argument of
the serpent in the allegory, "Ye shall be as gods," urges through
every avenue the belief that Soul is in body, and that infinite Spirit, and
Life, is in finite forms.
Sensationless body 280
Rightly understood, instead of possessing a
sentient material form, man has a sensationless body; and God, the Soul of man
and of all existence, being perpetual in His own individuality, harmony, and
immortality, imparts and perpetuates these qualities in man, - through Mind, not
matter. The only excuse for entertaining human opinions and rejecting the
Science of being is our mortal ignorance of Spirit, - ignorance which yields
only to the understanding of divine Science, the understanding by which we enter
into the kingdom of Truth on earth and learn that Spirit is infinite and
supreme. Spirit and matter no more commingle than light and darkness. When one
appears, the other disappears.
God and His image 281
Error presupposes man to be both mind and matter.
Divine Science contradicts the corporeal senses, rebukes mortal belief, and
asks: What is the Ego, whence its origin and what its destiny? The Ego-man is
the reflection of the Ego-God; the Ego-man is the image and likeness of perfect
Mind, Spirit, divine Principle.
The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God,
is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which
reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.
The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a
skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and
Mind. When we put off the false sense for the true, and see that sin and
mortality have neither Principle nor permanency, we shall learn that sin and
mortality are without actual origin or rightful existence. They are native
nothingness, out of which error would simulate creation through a man formed
The true new idea 281
Divine Science does not put new wine into old
bottles, Soul into matter, nor the infinite into the finite. Our false views of
matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit. The old belief must be cast out
or the new idea will be spilled, and the inspiration, which is to change our
standpoint, will be lost. Now, as of old, Truth casts out evils and heals the
Figures of being 282
The real Life, or Mind, and its opposite, the
so-called material life and mind, are figured by two geometrical symbols, a
circle or sphere and a straight line. The circle represents the infinite without
beginning or end; the straight line represents the finite, which has both
beginning and end. The sphere represents good, the self-existent and eternal
individuality or Mind; the straight line represents evil, a belief in a
self-made and temporary material existence. Eternal Mind and temporary material
existence never unite in figure or in fact.
Opposite symbols 282
A straight line finds no abiding-place in a
curve, and a curve finds no adjustment to a straight line. Similarly, matter has
no place in Spirit, and Spirit has no place in matter. Truth has no home in
error, and error has no foothold in Truth. Mind cannot pass into
non-intelligence and matter, nor can non-intelligence become Soul. At no point
can these opposites mingle or unite. Even though they seem to touch, one is
still a curve and the other a straight line.
There is no inherent power in matter; for all
that is material is a material, human, mortal thought, always governing itself
Truth is the intelligence of immortal Mind. Error
is the so-called intelligence of mortal mind.
Truth is not inverted 282
Whatever indicates the fall of man or the
opposite of God or God's absence, is the Adam-dream, which is neither Mind nor
man, for it is not begotten of the Father. The rule of inversion infers from
error its opposite, Truth; but Truth is the light which dispels error. As
mortals begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any
true existence apart from God.
Source of all life and action
Mind is the source of all movement, and there is
no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the
same Life, Love, and wisdom "yesterday, and to-day, and forever."
Matter and its effects - sin, sickness, and death - are states of mortal mind
which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are
not ideas, but illusions. Principle is absolute. It admits of no error, but
rests upon understanding.
But what say prevalent theories? They insist that
Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-called. They speak of
both Truth and error as mind, and of good and evil as spirit.
They claim that to be life which is but the objective state of material sense, -
such as the structural life of the tree and of material man, - and deem this the
manifestation of the one Life, God.
Spiritual structure 283
This false belief as to what really constitutes
life so detracts from God's character and nature, that the true sense of His
power is lost to all who cling to this falsity. The divine Principle, or Life,
cannot be practically demonstrated in length of days, as it was by the
patriarchs, unless its Science be accurately stated. We must receive the divine
Principle in the understanding, and live it in daily life; and unless we so do,
we can no more demonstrate Science, than we can teach and illustrate geometry by
calling a curve a straight line or a straight line a sphere.
Are mentality, immortality, consciousness,
resident in matter? It is not rational to say that Mind is infinite, but dwells
in finiteness, - in matter, - or that matter is infinite and the medium of Mind.
Mind never limited 284
If God were limited to man or matter, or if the
infinite could be circumscribed within the finite, God would be corporeal, and
unlimited Mind would seem to spring from a limited body; but this is an
impossibility. Infinite Mind can have no starting-point, and can return to no
limit. It can never be in bonds, nor be fully manifested through corporeality.
Material recognition impossible
Is God's image or likeness matter, or a mortal,
sin, sickness, and death? Can matter recognize Mind? Can infinite Mind recognize
matter? Can the infinite dwell in the finite or know aught unlike the infinite?
Can Deity be known through the material senses? Can the material senses, which
receive no direct evidence of Spirit, give correct testimony as to spiritual
life, truth, and love?
The answer to all these questions must forever be
in the negative.
Our physical insensibility to Spirit
The physical senses can obtain no proof of God.
They can neither see Spirit through the eye nor hear it through the ear, nor can
they feel, taste, or smell Spirit. Even the more subtile and misnamed material
elements are beyond the cognizance of these senses, and are known only by the
effects commonly attributed to them.
According to Christian Science, the only real
senses of man are spiritual, emanating from divine Mind. Thought passes from God
to man, but neither sensation nor report goes from material body to Mind. The
intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man. Matter is not sentient
and cannot be cognizant of good or of evil, of pleasure or of pain. Man's
individuality is not material. This Science of being obtains not alone hereafter
in what men call Paradise, but here and now; it is the great fact of being for
time and eternity.
The human counterfeit 285
What, then, is the material personality which
suffers, sins, and dies? It is not man, the image and likeness of God, but man's
counterfeit, the inverted likeness, the unlikeness called sin,
sickness, and death. The unreality of the claim that a mortal is the true image
of God is illustrated by the opposite natures of Spirit and matter, Mind and
body, for one is intelligence while the other is non-intelligence.
Material misconceptions 285
Is God a physical personality? Spirit is not
physical. The belief that a material body is man is a false conception of man.
The time has come for a finite conception of the infinite and of a material body
as the seat of Mind to give place to a diviner sense of intelligence and its
manifestations, - to the better understanding that Science gives of the Supreme
Being, or divine Principle, and idea.
Salvation is through reform 285
By interpreting God as a corporeal Saviour but
not as the saving Principle, or divine Love, we shall continue to seek salvation
through pardon and not through reform, and resort to matter instead of Spirit
for the cure of the sick. As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian
Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the
divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and
It is essential to understand, instead of
believe, what relates most nearly to the happiness of being. To seek Truth
through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite. We must
not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and
so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for this is fatal to a knowledge
of Science. The understanding of Truth gives full faith in Truth, and spiritual
understanding is better than all burnt offerings.
The Master said, "No man cometh unto the
Father the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth,
Love; for Christ says, "I am the way." Physical causation was put
aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine
Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.
Goodness a portion of God 286
In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good
is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like
Himself, - good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is
good, and reflects God as He is.
Spiritual thoughts 286
God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are
substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error,
and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal
and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the
spiritual and eternal. Transitory thoughts are the antipodes of everlasting
Truth, though (by the supposition of opposite qualities) error must also say,
"I am true." But by this saying error, the lie, destroys itself.
Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human
material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They are without a real
origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong,
with all that is material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which
simulates the creations of Truth. All creations of Spirit are eternal; but
creations of matter must return to dust. Error supposes man to be both mental
and material. Divine Science contradicts this postulate and maintains man's
Divine allness 287
We call the absence of Truth, error.
Truth and error are unlike. In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite
God can have no unlikeness. Did God, Truth, create error? No! "Doth a
fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" God being
everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent or suggest the absence of
omnipresence and omnipotence? How can there be more than all?
Neither understanding nor truth accompanies
error, nor is error the offshoot of Mind. Evil calls itself something, when it
is nothing. It saith, "I am man, but I am not the image and likeness of
God;" whereas the Scriptures declare that man was made in God's likeness.
Error unveiled 287
Error is false, mortal belief; it is illusion,
without spiritual identity or foundation, and it has no real existence. The
supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in
matter, or of it, is an error. Matter is neither a thing nor a
person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite. The five
material senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and
evil. Their false evidence will finally yield to Truth, - to the recognition of
Spirit and of the spiritual creation.
Truth cannot be contaminated by error. The
statement that Truth is real necessarily includes the
correlated statement, that error, Truth's unlikeness, is unreal.
The great conflict 288
The suppositional warfare between truth and error
is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the
testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh
will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love.
Superstition and understanding can never combine.
When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully
apprehended, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief,
Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by
Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign. The lightnings and thunderbolts
of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away
in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the earth. As St. Paul
says: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (of
The chief stones in the temple
The chief stones in the temple of Christian
Science are to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and
not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not,
and cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the
spiritual real man has no birth, no material life, and no death.
The Christ-element 288
Science reveals the glorious possibilities of
immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses. The Christ-element in the
Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.
The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to
have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to
light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the
temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death,
until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation
are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man
as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.
Wickedness is not man 289
A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is
little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred,
envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life
and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.
Death but an illusion 289
The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and
still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal
belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and
this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion,
for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.
The belief that matter has life results, by the
universal law of mortal mind, in a belief in death. So man, tree, and flower are
supposed to die; but the fact remains, that God's universe is spiritual and
Spiritual offspring 289
The spiritual fact and the material belief of
things are contradictions; but the spiritual is true, and therefore the material
must be untrue. Life is not in matter. Therefore it cannot be said to pass out
of matter. Matter and death are mortal illusions. Spirit and all things
spiritual are the real and eternal.
Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit,
- of Life, not of matter. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal,
self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall
be, whom nothing can erase.
Death no advantage 290
If the Principle, rule, and demonstration of
man's being are not in the least understood before what is termed death
overtakes mortals, they will rise no higher spiritually in the scale of
existence on account of that single experience, but will remain as material as
before the transition, still seeking happiness through a material, instead of
through a spiritual sense of life, and from selfish and inferior motives. That
Life or Mind is finite and physical or is manifested through brain and nerves,
is false. Hence Truth comes to destroy this error and its effects, - sickness,
sin, and death. To the spiritual class, relates the Scripture: "On such the
second death hath no power."
Future purification 290
If the change called death
destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the
moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection
is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous
still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
Sin is punished 290
The sin and error which possess us at the instant
of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these
errors. To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he becomes thus only
when he reaches perfection. The murderer, though slain in the act, does not
thereby forsake sin. He is no more spiritual for believing that his body died
and learning that his cruel mind died not. His thoughts are no purer until evil
is disarmed by good. His body is as material as his mind, and vice versa.
The suppositions that sin is pardoned while
unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the
so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but
the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know that all will be
changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the last trump shall sound;
but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to
each lesser call in the growth of Christian character. Mortals need not fancy
that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.
Salvation and probation 291
Universal salvation rests on progression and
probation, and is unattainable without them. Heaven is not a locality, but a
divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and
immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of
his own, but in possession of "the mind of the Lord," as the Scripture
"In the place where the tree falleth, there
it shall be." So we read in Ecclesiastes. This text has been transformed
into the popular proverb, "As the tree falls, so it must lie." As man
falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be
after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change. Mind
never becomes dust. No resurrection from the grave awaits Mind or Life, for the
grave has no power over either.
Day of judgment 291
No final judgment awaits mortals, for the
judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which
mortal man is divested of all material error. As for spiritual error there is
When the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the
final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and
mortality; "but of that day and hour, knoweth no man." Here prophecy
pauses. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and
reveal the infinite.
Primitive error 292
Truth will be to us "the resurrection and
the life" only as it destroys all error and the belief that Mind, the only
immortality of man, can be fettered by the body, and Life be controlled by
death. A sinful, sick, and dying mortal is not the likeness of God, the perfect
Matter is the primitive belief of mortal mind,
because this so-called mind has no cognizance of Spirit. To mortal mind, matter
is substantial, and evil is real. The so-called senses of mortals are material.
Hence the so-called life of mortals is dependent on matter.
Explaining the origin of material man and mortal
mind, Jesus said: "Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye
cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father, the devil [evil], and the lusts of
your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh
of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Immortal man 292
This carnal material mentality, misnamed mind,
is mortal. Therefore man would be annihilated, were it not for the spiritual
real man's indissoluble connection with his God, which Jesus brought to light.
In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal man is not the
real essence of manhood, and that this unreal material mortality disappears in
presence of the reality.
Elementary electricity 293
Electricity is not a vital fluid, but the least
material form of illusive consciousness, - the material mindlessness, which
forms no link between matter and Mind, and which destroys itself. Matter and
mortal mind are but different strata of human belief. The grosser substratum is
named matter or body; the more ethereal is called mind. This so-called mind and
body is the illusion called a mortal, a mind in matter. In reality and in
Science, both strata, mortal mind and mortal body, are false representatives of
The material so-called gases and forces are
counterfeits of the spiritual forces of divine Mind, whose potency is Truth,
whose attraction is Love, whose adhesion and cohesion are Life, perpetuating the
eternal facts of being. Electricity is the sharp surplus of materiality which
counterfeits the true essence of spirituality or truth, - the great difference
being that electricity is not intelligent, while spiritual truth is Mind.
The counterfeit forces 293
There is no vapid fury of mortal mind-expressed
in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity - and this
so-called mind is self-destroyed. The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit
divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, "The anger of the Lord."
In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to
matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science
brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of
God, good, and the nothingness of evil.
Instruments of error 293
The five physical senses are the avenues and
instruments of human error, and they correspond with error. These senses
indicate the common human belief, that life, substance, and intelligence are a
unison of matter with Spirit. This is pantheism, and carries within itself the
seeds of all error.
If man is both mind and matter, the loss of one
finger would take away some quality and quantity of the man, for matter and man
would be one.
Mortal verdict 294
The belief that matter thinks, sees, or feels is
not more real than the belief that matter enjoys and suffers. This mortal
belief, misnamed man, is error, saying: "Matter has
intelligence and sensation. Nerves feel. Brain thinks and sins. The stomach can
make a man cross. Injury can cripple and matter can kill man." This verdict
of the so-called material senses victimizes mortals, taught, as they are by
physiology and pathology, to revere false testimony, even the errors that are
destroyed by Truth through spiritual sense and Science.
Mythical pleasure 294
The lines of demarcation between immortal man,
representing Spirit, and mortal man, representing the error that life and
intelligence are in matter, show the pleasures and pains of matter to be myths,
and human belief in them to be the father of mythology, in which matter is
represented as divided into intelligent gods. Man's genuine selfhood is
recognizable only in what is good and true. Man is neither self-made nor made by
mortals. God created man.
The inebriate believes that there is pleasure in
intoxication. The thief believes that he gains something by stealing, and the
hypocrite that he is hiding himself. The Science of Mind corrects such mistakes,
for Truth demonstrates the falsity of error.
Severed members 295
The belief that a severed limb is aching in the
old location, the sensation seeming to be in nerves which are no longer there,
is an added proof of the unreliability of physical testimony.
Mortals unlike immortals 295
God creates and governs the universe, including
man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are
obedient to the Mind that makes them. Mortal mind would transform the spiritual
into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from
the mortality of this error. Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's
own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last
yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect
and forever intact, will appear.
Goodness transparent 295
The manifestation of God through mortals is as
light passing through the window-pane. The light and the glass never mingle, but
as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls. The mortal mind through
which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality -
much error - in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a
cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.
Brainology a myth 295
All that is called mortal thought is made up of
error. The theoretical mind is matter, named brain, or material
consciousness, the exact opposite of real Mind, or Spirit. Brainology
teaches that mortals are created to suffer and die. It further teaches that when
man is dead, his immortal soul is resurrected from death and mortality. Thus
error theorizes that spirit is born of matter and returns to matter, and that
man has a resurrection from dust; whereas Science unfolds the eternal verity,
that man is the spiritual, eternal reflection of God.
Scientific purgation 296
Progress is born of experience. It is the
ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal.
Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions
regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man
with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death
of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what
reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.
The so-called pleasures and pains of matter
perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the
actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in
order to part with them.
Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later,
and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the
tenacity of error.
Mixed testimony 296
The knowledge obtained from the corporeal senses
leads to sin and death. When the evidence of Spirit and matter, Truth and error,
seems to commingle, it rests upon foundations which time is wearing away. Mortal
mind judges by the testimony of the material senses, until Science obliterates
this false testimony. An improved belief is one step out of error, and aids in
taking the next step and in understanding the situation in Christian Science.
Belief an autocrat 296
Mortal belief is a liar from the beginning, not
deserving power. It says to mortals, "You are wretched!" and they
think they are so; and nothing can change this state, until the belief changes.
Mortal belief says, "You are happy!" and mortals are so; and no
circumstance can alter the situation, until the belief on this subject changes.
Human belief says to mortals, "You are sick!" and this testimony
manifests itself on the body as sickness. It is as necessary for a
health-illusion, as for an illusion of sickness, to be instructed out of itself
into the understanding of what constitutes health; for a change in either a
health-belief or a belief in sickness affects the physical condition.
Erroneous belief is destroyed by truth. Change
the evidence, and that disappears which before seemed real to this false belief,
and the human consciousness rises higher. Thus the reality of being is attained
and man found to be immortal. The only fact concerning any material concept is,
that it is neither scientific nor eternal, but subject to change and
Faith higher than belief 297
Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief.
It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence,
contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the
ever-present, is becoming understood. Human thoughts have their degrees of
comparison. Some thoughts are better than others. A belief in Truth is better
than a belief in error, but no mortal testimony is founded on the divine rock.
Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes
spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or
A mortal belief fulfils its own conditions.
Sickness, sin, and death are the vague realities of human conclusions. Life,
Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow
full-orbed in spiritual understanding. As a cloud hides the sun it cannot
extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony,
but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition.
Truth's witness 298
What is termed material sense can report only a
mortal temporary sense of things, whereas spiritual sense can bear witness only
to Truth. To material sense, the unreal is the real until this sense is
corrected by Christian Science.
Spiritual sense, contradicting the material
senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.
Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief,
alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death,
never reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is
attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is
hope a cheat. Spiritual ideas, like numbers and notes, start from Principle, and
admit no materialistic beliefs. Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin,
God, and to the spiritual sense of being.
Angels are not etherealized human beings,
evolving animal qualities in their wings; but they are celestial visitants,
flying on spiritual, not material, pinions. Angels are pure thoughts from God,
winged with Truth and Love, no matter what their individualism may be. Human
conjecture confers upon angels its own forms of thought, marked with
superstitious outlines, making them human creatures with suggestive feathers;
but this is only fancy. It has behind it no more reality than has the sculptor's
thought when he carves his "Statue of Liberty," which embodies his
conception of an unseen quality or condition, but which has no physical
antecedent reality save in the artist's own observation and "chambers of
Our angelic messengers 299
My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the
door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly
hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to
higher ideals of life and its joys. Angels are God's representatives. These
upward-soaring beings never lead towards self, sin, or materiality, but guide to
the divine Principle of all good, whither every real individuality, image, or
likeness of God, gathers. By giving earnest heed to these spiritual guides they
tarry with us, and we entertain "angels unawares."
Knowledge and Truth 299
Knowledge gained from material sense is
figuratively represented in Scripture as a tree, bearing the fruits of sin,
sickness, and death. Ought we not then to judge the knowledge thus obtained to
be untrue and dangerous, since "the tree is known by his fruit"?
Truth never destroys God's idea. Truth is
spiritual, eternal substance, which cannot destroy the right reflection.
Corporeal sense, or error, may seem to hide Truth, health, harmony, and Science,
as the mist obscures the sun or the mountain; but Science, the sunshine of
Truth, will melt away the shadow and reveal the celestial peaks.
Old and new man 299
If man were solely a creature of the material
senses, he would have no eternal Principle and would be mutable and mortal.
Human logic is awry when it attempts to draw correct spiritual conclusions
regarding life from matter. Finite sense has no true appreciation of infinite
Principle, God, or of His infinite image or reflection, man. The mirage, which
makes trees and cities seem to be where they are not, illustrates the illusion
of material man, who cannot be the image of God.
So far as the scientific statement as to man is
understood, it can be proved and will bring to light the true reflection of God
- the real man, or the new man (as St. Paul has it).
The tares and wheat 300
The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal
and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The
inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent.
These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle,
though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science
separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever
present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.
The divine reflection 300
Spirit is God, Soul; therefore Soul is not in
matter. If Spirit were in matter, God would have no representative, and matter
would be identical with God. The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence,
inhabits matter is taught by the schools. This theory is unscientific. The
universe reflects and expresses the divine substance or Mind; therefore God is
seen only in the spiritual universe and spiritual man, as the sun is seen in the
ray of light which goes out from it. God is revealed only in that which reflects
Life, Truth, Love, - yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as
the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action
of the person in front of the mirror.
Few persons comprehend what Christian Science
means by the word reflection. To himself, mortal and material
man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and
therefore is material, temporal.
On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is
really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals
hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal
entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the
spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only
through divine Science.
Inverted images and ideas 301
As God is substance and man is the divine image
and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of
good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other
substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou
shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material
substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and
death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed
standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted
image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.
This falsity presupposes soul to be an
unsubstantial dweller in material forms, and man to be material instead of
spiritual. Immortality is not bounded by mortality. Soul is not compassed by
finiteness. Principle is not to be found in fragmentary ideas.
Identity not lost 302
The material body and mind are temporal, but the
real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but
found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of
all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that
man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his. The
notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the
birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and
this belief is all that will ever be lost.
Definition of man 302
Continuing our definition of man,
let us remember that harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and is
always beyond and above the mortal illusion of any life, substance, and
intelligence as existent in matter. This statement is based on fact, not fable.
The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect,
because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of
all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by
the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.
God is Love. He is therefore the divine, infinite
Principle, called Person or God. Man's true consciousness is in the mental, not
in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit. Indeed, the body presents no
proper likeness of divinity, though mortal sense would fain have us so believe.
Mental propagation 302
Even in Christian Science, reproduction by
Spirit's individual ideas is but the reflection of the creative power of the
divine Principle of those ideas. The reflection, through mental manifestation,
of the multitudinous forms of Mind which people the realm of the real is
controlled by Mind, the Principle governing the reflection. Multiplication of
God's children comes from no power of propagation in matter, it is the
reflection of Spirit.
The minutiae of lesser individualities reflect
the one divine individuality and are comprehended in and formed by Spirit, not
by material sensation. Whatever reflects Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, is
spiritually conceived and brought forth; but the statement that man is conceived
and evolved both spiritually and materially, or by both God and man, contradicts
this eternal truth. All the vanity of the ages can never make both these
contraries true. Divine Science lays the axe at the root of the illusion that
life, or mind, is formed by or is in the material body, and Science will
eventually destroy this illusion through the self-destruction of all error and
the beatified understanding of the Science of Life.
Error defined 303
The belief that pain and pleasure, life and
death, holiness and unholiness, mingle in man, - that mortal, material man is
the likeness of God and is himself a creator, - is a fatal error.
Man's entity spiritual 303
God, without the image and likeness of Himself,
would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed. He would be without a witness or
proof of His own nature. Spiritual man is the image or idea of God, an idea
which cannot be lost nor separated from its divine Principle. When the evidence
before the material senses yielded to spiritual sense, the apostle declared that
nothing could alienate him from God, from the sweet sense and presence of Life
Man inseparable from Love 304
It is ignorance and false belief, based on a
material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness.
Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things
present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God." This is the doctrine of
Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or
object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of
joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor
life result in death. The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle -
is sinless and eternal.
Harmony natural 304
Harmony is produced by its Principle, is
controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's
happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not
contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord
is unnatural, unreal.
The science of music governs tones. If mortals
caught harmony through material sense, they would lose harmony, if time or
accident robbed them of material sense. To be master of chords and discords, the
science of music must be understood. Left to the decisions of material sense,
music is liable to be misapprehended and lost in confusion. Controlled by
belief, instead of understanding, music is, must be, imperfectly expressed. So
man, not understanding the Science of being, - thrusting aside his divine
Principle as incomprehensible, - is abandoned to conjectures, left in the hands
of ignorance, placed at the disposal of illusions, subjected to material sense
which is discord. A discontented, discordant mortal is no more a man
than discord is music.
Human reflection 305
A picture in the camera or a face reflected in
the mirror is not the original, though resembling it. Man, in the likeness of
his Maker, reflects the central light of being, the invisible God. As there is
no corporeality in the mirrored form, which is but a reflection, so man, like
all things real, reflects God, his divine Principle, not in a mortal body.
Gender also is a quality, not of God, but a
characteristic of mortal mind. The verity that God's image is not a creator,
though he reflects the creation of Mind, God, constitutes the underlying reality
of reflection. "Then answered Jesus and said unto them: Verily, verily I
say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father
do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
Inverted images 305
The inverted images presented by the senses, the
deflections of matter as opposed to the Science of spiritual reflection, are all
unlike Spirit, God. In the illusion of life that is here to-day and gone
to-morrow, man would be wholly mortal, were it not that Love, the divine
Principle that obtains in divine Science, destroys all error and brings
immortality to light. Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not
subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal dreams are of human
origin, not divine.
Jewish traditions 305
The Sadducees reasoned falsely about the
resurrection, but not so blindly as the Pharisees, who believed error to be as
immortal as Truth. The Pharisees thought that they could raise the spiritual
from the material. They would first make life result in death, and then resort
to death to reproduce spiritual life. Jesus taught them how death was to be
overcome by spiritual Life, and demonstrated this beyond cavil.
Divinity not childless 306
Life demonstrates Life. The immortality of Soul
makes man immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His
reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The
Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless, - no Father.
If Life or Soul and its representative, man,
unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to be brought
together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, - and this
is the general religious opinion of mankind, - we are left without a rational
proof of immortality. But man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if
man reflects God. Thus Science proves man's existence to be intact.
The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest
as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the
Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent.
Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still
enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle,
- is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.
God's man, spiritually created, is not material
The serpent's whisper 306
The parent of all human discord was the
Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and
intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter. This pantheistic error, or
so-called serpent, insists still upon the opposite of Truth,
saying, "Ye shall be as gods;" that is, I will make error as real and
eternal as Truth.
Evil still affirms itself to be mind, and
declares that there is more than one intelligence or God. It says: "There
shall be lords and gods many. I declare that God makes evil minds and evil
spirits, and that I aid Him. Truth shall change sides and be unlike Spirit. I
will put spirit into what I call matter, and matter shall seem to have life as
much as God, Spirit, who is the only Life."
Bad results from error 307
This error has proved itself to be error. Its
life is found to be not Life, but only a transient, false sense of an existence
which ends in death. Error charges its lie to Truth and says: "The Lord
knows it. He has made man mortal and material, out of matter instead of
Spirit." Thus error partakes of its own nature and utters its own
falsities. If we regard matter as intelligent, and Mind as both good and evil,
every sin or supposed material pain and pleasure seems normal, a part of God's
creation, and so weighs against our course Spiritward.
Higher statutes 307
Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the
Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a
material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his
province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of Mind.
The great question 307
Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos,
the voice of Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where
art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil
is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God,
and keeping His commandment?" Until the lesson is learned that God is the
only Mind governing man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the
beginning, and will hide from the demand, "Where art thou?" This awful
demand, "Adam, where art thou?" is met by the admission from the head,
heart, stomach, blood, nerves, etc.: "Lo, here I am, looking for happiness
and life in the body, but finding only an illusion, a blending of false claims,
false pleasure, pain, sin, sickness, and death."
The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of
Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.
Wrestling of Jacob 308
Jacob was alone, wrestling with
error, - struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as
existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains, - when an angel, a
message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength,
of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood,
gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science. Then said the
spiritual evangel: "Let me go, for the day breaketh;" that is, the
light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee. But the patriarch, perceiving his error
and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his
nature was transformed. When Jacob was asked, "What is thy name?" he
straightway answered; and then his name was changed to Israel, for "as a
prince" had he prevailed and had "power with God and with men."
Then Jacob questioned his deliverer, "Tell me, I pray thee, thy
name;" but this appellation was withheld, for the messenger was not a
corporeal being, but a nameless, incorporeal impartation of divine Love to man,
which, to use the word of the Psalmist, restored his Soul, -
gave him the spiritual sense of being and rebuked his material sense.
Israel the new name 309
The result of Jacob's struggle thus appeared. He
had conquered material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual
power. This changed the man. He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, - a
prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight. He was to
become the father of those, who through earnest striving followed his
demonstration of the power of Spirit over the material senses; and the children
of earth who followed his example were to be called the children of Israel,
until the Messiah should rename them. If these children should go astray, and
forget that Life is God, good, and that good is not in elements which are not
spiritual, - thus losing the divine power which heals the sick and sinning, -
they were to be brought back through great tribulation, to be renamed in
Christian Science and led to deny material sense, or mind in matter, even as the
Life never structural 309
The Science of being shows it to be impossible
for infinite Spirit or Soul to be in a finite body or for man to have an
intelligence separate from his Maker. It is a self-evident error to suppose that
there can be such a reality as organic animal or vegetable life, when such
so-called life always ends in death. Life is never for a moment extinct.
Therefore it is never structural nor organic, and is never absorbed nor limited
by its own formations.
Thought seen as substance 310
The artist is not in his painting. The picture is
the artist's thought objectified. The human belief fancies that it delineates
thought on matter, but what is matter? Did it exist prior to thought? Matter is
made up of supposititious mortal mind-force; but all might is divine Mind.
Thought will finally be understood and seen in all form, substance, and color,
but without material accompaniments. The potter is not in the clay; else the
clay would have power over the potter. God is His own infinite Mind, and
The central intelligence 310
Day may decline and shadows fall, but darkness
flees when the earth has again turned upon its axis. The sun is not affected by
the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin
and death, - as the central Life and intelligence around which circle
harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.
Soul imperishable 310
Soul changeth not. We are commonly taught that
there is a human soul which sins and is spiritually lost, - that soul may be
lost, and yet be immortal. If Soul could sin, Spirit, Soul, would be flesh
instead of Spirit. It is the belief of the flesh and of material sense which
sins. If Soul sinned, Soul would die. Sin is the element of self-destruction,
and spiritual death is oblivion. If there was sin in Soul, the annihilation of
Spirit would be inevitable. The only Life is Spirit, and if Spirit should lose
Life as God, good, then Spirit, which has no other existence, would be
Mind is God, and God is not seen by material
sense, because Mind is Spirit, which material sense cannot discern. There is
neither growth, maturity, nor decay in Soul. These changes are the mutations of
material sense, the varying clouds of mortal belief, which hide the truth of
What we term mortal mind or carnal mind,
dependent on matter for manifestation, is not Mind. God is Mind: all that Mind,
God, is, or hath made, is good, and He made all. Hence evil is not made and is
Sin only of the flesh 311
Soul is immortal because it is Spirit, which has
no element of self-destruction. Is man lost spiritually? No, he can only lose a
sense material. All sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here
or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains. It is a
sense of sin, and not a sinful soul, which is lost. Evil is destroyed by the
sense of good.
Soul impeccable 311
Through false estimates of soul as dwelling in
sense and of mind as dwelling in matter, belief strays into a sense of temporary
loss or absence of soul, spiritual truth. This state of error is the mortal
dream of life and substance as existent in matter, and is directly opposite to
the immortal reality of being. So long as we believe that soul can sin or that
immortal Soul is in mortal body, we can never understand the Science of being.
When humanity does understand this Science, it will become the law of Life to
man, - even the higher law of Soul, which prevails over material sense through
harmony and immortality.
The objects cognized by the physical senses have
not the reality of substance. They are only what mortal belief calls them.
Matter, sin, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or
existence, as mortals lay off a false sense of life, substance, and
intelligence. But the spiritual, eternal man is not touched by these phases of
How true it is that whatever is learned through
material sense must be lost because such so-called knowledge is reversed by the
spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible,
is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes
nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.
The senses regard a corpse, not as man, but
simply as matter. People say, "Man is dead;" but this death is the
departure of a mortal's mind, not of matter. The matter is still there. The
belief of that mortal that he must die occasioned his departure; yet you say
that matter has caused his death.
Vain ecstasies 312
People go into ecstasies over the sense of a
corporeal Jehovah, though with scarcely a spark of love in their hearts; yet God
is Love, and without Love, God, immortality cannot appear.
Mortals try to believe without understanding Truth; yet God is
Truth. Mortals claim that death is inevitable; but man's eternal Principle is
ever-present Life. Mortals believe in a finite personal God; while God is
infinite Love, which must be unlimited.
Man-made theories 312
Our theories are based on finite premises, which
cannot penetrate beyond matter. A personal sense of God and of man's
capabilities necessarily limits faith and hinders spiritual understanding. It
divides faith and understanding between matter and Spirit, the finite and the
infinite, and so turns away from the intelligent and divine healing Principle to
the inanimate drug.
The one anointed 312
Jesus' spiritual origin and his demonstration of
divine Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship in Science. He
was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or Jesus the Christ (to give the
full and proper translation of the Greek), may be rendered "Jesus the
anointed," Jesus the God-crowned or the divinely royal man, as it is said
of him in the first chapter of Hebrews: -
Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
With this agrees another passage in the same
chapter, which refers to the Son as "the brightness of His [God's] glory,
and the express [expressed] image of His person infinite Mind]." It is
noteworthy that the phrase "express image" in the Common Version is,
in the Greek Testament, character. Using this word in its
higher meaning, we may assume that the author of this remarkable epistle
regarded Christ as the Son of God, the royal reflection of the infinite; and the
cause given for the exaltation of Jesus, Mary's son, was that he "loved
righteousness and hated iniquity." The passage is made even clearer in the
translation of the late George R. Noyes, D.D.: "Who, being a brightness
from His glory, and an image of His being."
Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man
that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and
found the spiritual cause. To accommodate himself to immature ideas of spiritual
power, - for spirituality was possessed only in a limited degree even by his
disciples, - Jesus called the body, which by spiritual power he raised from the
grave, "flesh and bones." To show that the substance of himself was
Spirit and the body no more perfect because of death and no less material until
the ascension (his further spiritual exaltation), Jesus waited until the mortal
or fleshly sense had relinquished the belief of substance-matter, and spiritual
sense had quenched all earthly yearnings. Thus he found the eternal Ego, and
proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and His reflection or
spiritual man. Our Master gained the solution of being, demonstrating the
existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.
The bodily resurrection 314
The Jews, who sought to kill this man of God,
showed plainly that their material views were the parents of their wicked deeds.
When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body, - knowing, as he did, that Mind was
the builder, - and said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will
raise it up," they thought that he meant their material temple instead of
his body. To such materialists, the real man seemed a spectre, unseen and
unfamiliar, and the body, which they laid in a sepulchre, seemed to be
substance. This materialism lost sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary
saw him, and he presented to her, more than ever before, the true idea of Life
Opposition of materialists 314
Because of mortals' material and sinful belief,
the spiritual Jesus was imperceptible to them. The higher his demonstration of
divine Science carried the problem of being, and the more distinctly he uttered
the demands of its divine Principle, Truth and Love, the more odious he became
to sinners and to those who, depending on doctrines and material laws to save
them from sin and sickness, were submissive to death as being in supposed accord
with the inevitable law of life. Jesus proved them wrong by his resurrection,
and said: "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
Hebrew theology 315
That saying of our Master, "I and my Father
are one," separated him from the scholastic theology of the rabbis. His
better understanding of God was a rebuke to them. He knew of but one Mind and
laid no claim to any other. He knew that the Ego was Mind instead of body and
that matter, sin, and evil were not Mind; and his understanding of this divine
Science brought upon him the anathemas of the age.
The true sonship 315
The opposite and false views of the people hid
from their sense Christ's sonship with God. They could not discern his spiritual
existence. Their carnal minds were at enmity with it. Their thoughts were filled
with mortal error, instead of with God's spiritual idea as presented by Christ
Jesus. The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the
spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin
and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.
Immaculate conception 315
Jesus' spiritual origin and understanding enabled
him to demonstrate the facts of being, - to prove irrefutably how spiritual
Truth destroys material error, heals sickness, and overcomes death. The divine
conception of Jesus pointed to this truth and presented an illustration of
creation. The history of Jesus shows him to have been more spiritual than all
other earthly personalities.
Jesus as mediator 315
Wearing in part a human form (that is, as it
seemed to mortal view), being conceived by a human mother, Jesus was the
mediator between Spirit and the flesh, between Truth and error. Explaining and
demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all
who accepted his word. From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil. The
real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin
and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation
to God, and to recognize the divine sonship. Christ, Truth, was demonstrated
through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, - to show that Truth
is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness
and destroying sin.
Spiritual government 316
Jesus represented Christ, the true idea of God.
Hence the warfare between this spiritual idea and perfunctory religion, between
spiritual clear-sightedness and the blindness of popular belief, which led to
the conclusion that the spiritual idea could be killed by crucifying the flesh.
The Christ-idea, or the Christ-man, rose higher to human view because of the
crucifixion, and thus proved that Truth was the master of death. Christ presents
the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs. Christ
illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man
dominion over all the earth.
Deadness in sin 316
The spiritual idea of God, as presented by Jesus,
was scourged in person, and its Principle was rejected. That man was accounted a
criminal who could prove God's divine power by healing the sick, casting out
evils, spiritualizing materialistic beliefs, and raising the dead, - those dead
in trespasses and sins, satisfied with the flesh, resting on the basis of
matter, blind to the possibilities of Spirit and its correlative truth.
Jesus uttered things which had been "secret
from the foundation of the world," - since material knowledge usurped the
throne of the creative divine Principle, insisted on the might of matter, the
force of falsity, the insignificance of spirit, and proclaimed an
The cup of Jesus 317
Whosoever lives most the life of Jesus in this
age and declares best the power of Christian Science, will drink of his Master's
cup. Resistance to Truth will haunt his steps, and he will incur the hatred of
sinners, till "wisdom is justified of her children." These blessed
benedictions rest upon Jesus' followers: "If the world hate you, ye know
that it hated me before it hated you;" "Lo, I am with you alway,"
- that is, not only in all time, but in all ways and
The individuality of man is no less tangible
because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of matter. The
understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more
formidable in truth, and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death. Our
Lord and Master presented himself to his disciples after his resurrection from
the grave, as the self-same Jesus whom they had loved before the tragedy on
Material skepticism 317
To the materialistic Thomas, looking for the
ideal Saviour in matter instead of in Spirit and to the testimony of the
material senses and the body, more than to Soul, for an earnest of immortality,
- to him Jesus furnished the proof that he was unchanged by the crucifixion. To
this dull and doubting disciple Jesus remained a fleshly reality, so long as the
Master remained an inhabitant of the earth. Nothing but a display of matter
could make existence real to Thomas. For him to believe in matter was no task,
but for him to conceive of the substantiality of Spirit - to know that nothing
can efface Mind and immortality, in which Spirit reigns - was more difficult.
What the senses originate 318
Corporeal senses define diseases as realities;
but the Scriptures declare that God made all, even while the corporeal senses
are saying that matter causes disease and the divine Mind cannot or will not
heal it. The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue,
selfish, or debased. They would put soul into soil, life into limbo, and doom
all things to decay. We must silence this lie of material sense with the truth
of spiritual sense. We must cause the error to cease that brought the belief of
sin and death and would efface the pure sense of omnipotence.
Sickness as discord 318
Is the sick man sinful above all others? No! but
so far as he is discordant, he is not the image of God. Weary of their material
beliefs, from which comes so much suffering, invalids grow more spiritual, as
the error - or belief that life is in matter - yields to the reality of
The Science of Mind denies the error of sensation
in matter, and heals with Truth. Medical science treats disease as though
disease were real, therefore right, and attempts to heal it with matter. If
disease is right it is wrong to heal it. Material methods are temporary, and are
not adapted to elevate mankind.
The governor is not subjected to the governed. In
Science man is governed by God, divine Principle, as numbers are controlled and
proved by His laws. Intelligence does not originate in numbers, but is
manifested through them. The body does not include soul, but manifests
mortality, a false sense of soul. The delusion that there is life in matter has
no kinship with the Life supernal.
Unscientific introspection 319
Science depicts disease as error, as matter versus
Mind, and error reversed as subserving the facts of health. To calculate one's
life-prospects from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and
misguide human hope. Having faith in the divine Principle of health and
spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the
lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature)
must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.
Throughout the infinite cycles of eternal
existence, Spirit and matter neither concur in man nor in the universe.
God the only Mind 319
The varied doctrines and theories which
presuppose life and intelligence to exist in matter are so many ancient and
modern mythologies. Mystery, miracle, sin, and death will disappear when it
becomes fairly understood that the divine Mind controls man and man has no Mind
Scriptures misinterpreted 319
The divine Science taught in the original
language of the Bible came through inspiration, and needs inspiration to be
understood. Hence the misapprehension of the spiritual meaning of the Bible, and
the misinterpretation of the Word in some instances by uninspired writers, who
only wrote down what an inspired teacher had said. A misplaced word changes the
sense and misstates the Science of the Scriptures, as, for instance, to name
Love as merely an attribute of God; but we can by special and proper
capitalization speak of the love of Love, meaning by that what the beloved
disciple meant in one of his epistles, when he said, "God is love."
Likewise we can speak of the truth of Truth and of the life of Life, for Christ
plainly declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
Interior meaning 320
Metaphors abound in the Bible, and names are
often expressive of spiritual ideas. The most distinguished theologians in
Europe and America agree that the Scriptures have both a spiritual and literal
meaning. In Smith's Bible Dictionary it is said: "The spiritual
interpretation of Scripture must rest upon both the literal and moral;" and
in the learned article on Noah in the same work, the familiar text, Genesis vi.
3, "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that
he also is flesh," is quoted as follows, from the original Hebrew:
"And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not forever rule [or be humbled] in men,
seeing that they are [or, in their error they are] but flesh." Here the
original text declares plainly the spiritual fact of being, even man's eternal
and harmonious existence as image, idea, instead of matter (however
transcendental such a thought appears), and avers that this fact is not forever
to be humbled by the belief that man is flesh and matter, for according to that
error man is mortal.
Job, on the resurrection 320
The one important interpretation of Scripture is
the spiritual. For example, the text, "In my flesh shall I see God,"
gives a profound idea of the divine power to heal the ills of the flesh, and
encourages mortals to hope in Him who healeth all our diseases; whereas this
passage is continually quoted as if Job intended to declare that even if disease
and worms destroyed his body, yet in the latter days he should stand in
celestial perfection before Elohim, still clad in material flesh, - an
interpretation which is just the opposite of the true, as may be seen by
studying the book of Job. As Paul says, in his first epistle to the Corinthians,
"Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God."
Fear of the serpent overcome 321
The Hebrew Lawgiver, slow of speech, despaired of
making the people understand what should be revealed to him. When, led by wisdom
to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but
wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses' fear departed.
In this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a
belief only. The serpent, evil, under wisdom's bidding, was destroyed through
understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The
illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he
apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief.
Leprosy healed 321
It was scientifically demonstrated that leprosy
was a creation of mortal mind and not a condition of matter, when Moses first
put his hand into his bosom and drew it forth white as snow with the dread
disease, and presently restored his hand to its natural condition by the same
simple process. God had lessened Moses' fear by this proof in divine Science,
and the inward voice became to him the voice of God, which said: "It shall
come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the
first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign." And so it
was in the coming centuries, when the Science of being was demonstrated by
Jesus, who showed his students the power of Mind by changing water into wine,
and taught them how to handle serpents unharmed, to heal the sick and cast out
evils in proof of the supremacy of Mind.
Standpoints changed 322
When understanding changes the standpoints of
life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the
reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive
Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle. This must be the climax before
harmonious and immortal man is obtained and his capabilities revealed. It is
highly important - in view of the immense work to be accomplished before this
recognition of divine Science can come - to turn our thoughts towards divine
Principle, that finite belief may be prepared to relinquish its error.
Saving the inebriate 322
Man's wisdom finds no satisfaction in sin, since
God has sentenced sin to suffer. The necromancy of yesterday foreshadowed the
mesmerism and hypnotism of to-day. The drunkard thinks he enjoys drunkenness,
and you cannot make the inebriate leave his besottedness, until his physical
sense of pleasure yields to a higher sense. Then he turns from his cups, as the
startled dreamer who wakens from an incubus incurred through the pains of
distorted sense. A man who likes to do wrong - finding pleasure in it and
refraining from it only through fear of consequences - is neither a temperate
man nor a reliable religionist.
Uses of suffering 322
The sharp experiences of belief in the
supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless
woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to
learn Life in divine Science. Without this process of weaning, "Canst thou
by searching find out God?" It is easier to desire Truth than to rid one's
self of error. Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they
will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without
striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of
every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.
A bright outlook 323
Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, we
are helped onward in the march towards righteousness, peace, and purity, which
are the landmarks of Science. Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, -
wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and
conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.
Need and supply 323
In order to apprehend more, we must put into
practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when
understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated. If
"faithful over a few things," we shall be made rulers over many; but
the one unused talent decays and is lost. When the sick or the sinning awake to
realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine
Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes
thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of
something better than disease or sin. The true idea of God gives the true
understanding of Life and Love, robs the grave of victory, takes away all sin
and the delusion that there are other minds, and destroys mortality.
Childlike receptivity 323
The effects of Christian Science are not so much
seen as felt. It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself.
We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and
going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old
for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave
the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, - this disposition helps to
precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof
of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
Narrow pathway 324
Unless the harmony and immortality of man are
becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body
will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or
belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore "acquaint now thyself with Him, and be
at peace." Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and
narrow, which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a
warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death,
either here or hereafter, - certainly before we can reach the goal of Spirit, or
life in God.
Paul's enlightenment 324
Paul was not at first a disciple of Jesus but a
persecutor of Jesus' followers. When the truth first appeared to him in Science,
Paul was made blind, and his blindness was felt; but spiritual light soon
enabled him to follow the example and teachings of Jesus, healing the sick and
preaching Christianity throughout Asia Minor, Greece, and even in imperial Rome.
Paul writes, "If Christ [Truth] be not
risen, then is our preaching vain." That is, if the idea of the supremacy
of Spirit, which is the true conception of being, come not to your thought, you
cannot be benefited by what I say.
Abiding in Life 324
Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth
in me shall not see death." That is, he who perceives the true idea of Life
loses his belief in death. He who has the true idea of good loses all sense of
evil, and by reason of this is being ushered into the undying realities of
Spirit. Such a one abideth in Life, - life obtained not of the body incapable of
supporting life, but of Truth, unfolding its own immortal idea. Jesus gave the
true idea of being, which results in infinite blessings to mortals.
Indestructible being 325
In Colossians (iii. 4) Paul writes: "When
Christ, who is our life, shall appear [be manifested], then shall ye also appear
[be manifested] with him in glory." When spiritual being is understood in
all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found in God's
image. The absolute meaning of the apostolic words is this: Then shall man be
found, in His likeness, perfect as the Father, indestructible in Life, "hid
with Christ in God," - with Truth in divine Love, where human sense hath
not seen man.
Consecration required 325
Paul had a clear sense of the demands of Truth
upon mortals physically and spiritually, when he said: "Present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
service." But he, who is begotten of the beliefs of the flesh and serves
them, can never reach in this world the divine heights of our Lord. The time
cometh when the spiritual origin of man, the divine Science which ushered Jesus
into human presence, will be understood and demonstrated.
When first spoken in any age, Truth, like the
light, "shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not." A
false sense of life, substance, and mind hides the divine possibilities, and
conceals scientific demonstration.
Loving God supremely 326
If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in
the way of God's appointing. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also." He, who would reach the source and find
the divine remedy for every ill, must not try to climb the hill of Science by
some other road. All nature teaches God's love to man, but man cannot love God
supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the
material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.
We must forsake the foundation of material
systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour.
Not partially, but fully, the great healer of mortal mind is the healer of the
The purpose and motive to live aright can be
gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at
the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can
hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will
open the way. "Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth?"
Conversion of Saul 326
Saul of Tarsus beheld the way - the Christ, or
Truth - only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense,
which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler
outlook, and his life became more spiritual. He learned the wrong that he had
done in persecuting Christians, whose religion he had not understood, and in
humility he took the new name of Paul. He beheld for the first time the true
idea of Love, and learned a lesson in divine Science.
Reform comes by understanding that there is no
abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for good according to
Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain,
appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does
destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful
appetites of the human mind.
Image of the beast 327
What a pitiful sight is malice, finding pleasure
in revenge! Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his
grasp on good grows stronger. Then he loses pleasure in wickedness, and it
becomes his torment. The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning.
There is no other way. Sin is the image of the beast to be effaced by the sweat
of agony. It is a moral madness which rushes forth to clamor with midnight and
Peremptory demands 327
To the physical senses, the strict demands of
Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life
is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human
or the divine economy.
Moral courage 327
Fear of punishment never made man truly honest.
Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right. But how
shall we reform the man who has more animal than moral courage, and who has not
the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his
mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness. Reason is the most
active human faculty. Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's
dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness
of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense,
which silences the material or corporeal. Then he not only will be saved, but is
Final destruction of error 328
Mortals suppose that they can live without
goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the result?
Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals
get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors are not thus
really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter,
they gain the true understanding of God in the Science which destroys human
delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.
Promise perpetual 328
This understanding of man's power, when he is
equipped by God, has sadly disappeared from Christian history. For centuries it
has been dormant, a lost element of Christianity. Our missionaries carry the
Bible to India, but can it be said that they explain it practically, as Jesus
did, when hundreds of persons die there annually from serpent - bites?
Understanding spiritual law and knowing that there is no material law, Jesus
said: "These signs shall follow them that believe, . . . they shall take up
serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall
lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." It were well had
Christendom believed and obeyed this sacred saying.
Jesus' promise is perpetual. Had it been given
only to his immediate disciples, the Scriptural passage would read you,
not they. The purpose of his great life - work extends through
time and includes universal humanity. Its Principle is infinite, reaching beyond
the pale of a single period or of a limited following. As time moves on, the
healing elements of pure Christianity will be fairly dealt with; they will be
sought and taught, and will glow in all the grandeur of universal goodness.
Imitation of Jesus 329
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. A little
understanding of Christian Science proves the truth of all that I say of it.
Because you cannot walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to
question the great might of divine Science in these directions. Be thankful that
Jesus, who was the true demonstrator of Science, did these things, and left his
example for us. In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our
faith by demonstration.
One should not tarry in the storm if the body is
freezing, nor should he remain in the devouring flames. Until one is able to
prevent bad results, he should avoid their occasion. To be discouraged, is to
resemble a pupil in addition, who attempts to solve a problem of Euclid, and
denies the rule of the problem because he fails in his first effort.
Error destroyed, not pardoned
There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is
imperative. You cannot mock it by human will. Science is a divine demand, not a
human. Always right, its divine Principle never repents, but maintains the claim
of Truth by quenching error. The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of
error. If men understood their real spiritual source to be all blessedness, they
would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the
error into which mortal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to
spirituality, till error yields to Truth.
The hopeful outlook 329
Human resistance to divine Science weakens in
proportion as mortals give up error for Truth and the understanding of being
supersedes mere belief. Until the author of this book learned the vastness of
Christian Science, the fixedness of mortal illusions, and the human hatred of
Truth, she cherished sanguine hopes that Christian Science would meet with
immediate and universal acceptance.
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